The National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Sponsor:

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Summary:

Through the dissertation fellowship, the National Academy of Education (NAEd) and Spencer seek to encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The NAEd and Spencer believe scholarly insight from many different disciplines can contribute to an understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor and advance our ability to address significant current issues in education. Therefore, the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Although the dissertation topic must centrally concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas. Candidates should be interested in pursuing research on education once the doctorate is attained.

Eligibility:

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S. The fellowship is not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must confirm via the online application that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2018 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Available Funding:

Up to 35 non-renewable fellowships will be awarded. Recipients of the fellowships will receive $27,500 to support completion of the dissertation. This amount must be expended within a time limit of up to two years and in accordance with the work plan provided by the candidate.

Link to Full RFP:

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program Guidelines

Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation

Sponsor:

Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, Inc.

Deadline:

Letters of inquiry are accepted an ongoing basis through the Foundation’s online application system.

The Foundation makes grant decisions in December and June.

Summary:

Environment

The Foundation supports efforts to address a range of environmental issues. Among these are initiatives aimed at combating climate change by reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency; ensuring access to clean air and water by preventing pollution and the use of toxic chemicals; and restoring the health of the oceans by promoting responsible fishing, fighting ocean pollution and preserving marine ecosystems. Funded organizations employ a variety of strategies including policy advocacy, litigation and other legal efforts, public education, grassroots campaigns, and market-based and economic incentives. Historically, the Foundation’s environmental funding has been focused on organizations whose efforts are national and international in scope. However, local initiatives to increase the sustainability and resiliency of New York City’s built environment are also of interest.

Criminal Justice

Funding in this area is focused on efforts to promote fair and effective criminal justice policies, to reduce recidivism, and to improve public safety. Among these are sentencing reform initiatives including repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing laws and increased use of alternatives to incarceration.

Economic Development

The Foundation’s funding in the area of economic development is aimed at increasing the number of living wage jobs in New York City and ensuring low-income workers’ access to those jobs. Support is provided for initiatives that help individuals, families and communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency; for advocacy efforts to advance effective economic and workforce development policies; and for a range of job training programs, with an emphasis on those geared toward long-term retention and advancement in specific employment sectors.

Reproductive Rights

The Foundation supports domestic programs that seek to protect women’s reproductive rights and increase access to reproductive health services. Funded initiatives include those working to achieve these goals through public education efforts, policy advocacy and legal advocacy. Also of interest to the Foundation are efforts to increase reproductive health training opportunities for medical students and healthcare professionals, as well as efforts to support them as public advocates for comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Civil Legal Services

The Foundation supports efforts to reduce barriers to effective and unrestricted civil legal assistance through direct legal representation and policy advocacy. Support is provided for programs offering legal representation and training on a range of issues including education, employment and foster care. Funding is also provided for initiatives aimed at increasing the accessibility of legal services in underserved communities, as well as those that enhance the courts’ ability to effectively and efficiently process cases.

Eligibility:

Grants are made only to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.

Available Funding:

Not specified.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.gimbelfoundation.org/HowtoApply.htm

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)- NSF 17-537

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

July 19, 2017-BIO, CISE, EHR

Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2017-ENG

Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 21, 2017-GEO, MPS, SBE

Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

Eligibility:

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $222,000,000

This annual amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results and Products in Real-World Settings

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

PCORI is launching this funding initiative to support the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) results obtained from PCORI-funded studies. This PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) provides awardees the opportunity to apply for funds to support dissemination and implementation of their research. PCORI recognizes that generating research evidence will be useful only if there is a commitment and strategic plan to disseminate and implement it within the context of other evidence. Through this funding announcement, PCORI seeks to fund projects designed to actively disseminate and implement the results of PCORI-funded studies that are informed and guided by established dissemination and implementation models and frameworks, in the context of real-world settings. This PFA is designed to help close the gap between evidence development and implementation of that evidence in practice.

PCORI’s objectives underlying this funding announcement are:

  • To provide PCORI awardees the opportunity to disseminate the important findings pertaining to the original PCORI research that can improve practice on a timely basis
  • To stimulate the development, application, and evaluation of D&I approaches that will increase the use and application of PCOR/CER research results, as well as products derived from PCORI funded studies, by diverse populations of end-users including patients, caregivers, providers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders
  • To gain and apply generalizable knowledge from feedback and evaluation of dissemination and implementation strategies to better understand the barriers and facilitators of evidence dissemination and uptake, and to inform improvements in future D&I efforts and ensure applicability to a wide range of audiences
  • To explore the development, application, and evaluation of mechanisms for incorporating CER findings in decision making by diverse groups of stakeholders. This includes identifying best practices for approaching D&I in PCORI priority areas and with priority populations.

Eligibility:

PCORI Research Awardees: Recipients of PCORI research awards, including Broad PCORI Awards, Pilot Projects Program Awards, Targeted PCORI Awards, Pragmatic Clinical Study Awards, and PCORI-funded demonstration projects occurring within the Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) infrastructure (e.g. ADAPTABLE, Obesity trials) are eligible to respond to this announcement. Applications associated solely with Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards and Pipeline to Proposal Awards are not eligible for this funding announcement.

Organization: Applications may be submitted by a private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organizations, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government. The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly. Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding. Individuals are not permitted to apply.

Personnel: A letter of support is required from the Principal Investigator (PI) of the original PCORI-funded research project if he or she is not the proposed PI of the current application

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $2 million per cycle

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $300,000

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Dissemination-Implementation.pdf

Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

Patients, caregivers, and clinicians often lack the appropriate evidence required to make the best choices regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment. Where therapies or technologies have been approved and marketed, there are often gaps in research comparing their effectiveness with that of other clinical options, and prior research may not have included outcomes that are important to patients and their caregivers. In addition, the existing evidence base may not be relevant for certain patient populations, such as those at the extremes of age or with multiple comorbid conditions.

For this particular PFA on the Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options, PCORI seeks to fund investigator-initiated research that:

  • Compares the effectiveness of two or more strategies for prevention, treatment, screening, diagnosis, or management that are known to be efficacious but have not been adequately compared in previous studies; interventions without sufficient evidence of efficacy will be considered only when they are in reasonably common use. PCORI is particularly interested in studies that are conducted in typical clinical populations and that address the full range of relevant patient-centered outcomes (PCOs)
  • Addresses a high-priority evidence gap, as identified by prior systematic reviews, clearly defined gaps in clinical guidelines, or other credible evidence reviews
  • Investigates, among compared groups, factors that account for variation in treatment outcomes, with attention paid to demographic, biological, clinical, social, economic, or geographic factors, comorbidities, and other factors that may influence those outcomes; strategies may focus on patient populations with a single condition or involve patients with a range of conditions

For this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), proposed projects should address the comparison of specific clinical services or strategies that are clearly defined and can be replicated in other clinical settings with minimal adaptations or changes. PCORI does not encourage projects that have the primary goal of developing and testing decision aids or testing the use of lay personnel who perform ancillary services in healthcare settings.

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $32 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $2 million

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Assessment-of-Options.pdf

Addressing Disparities

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

PCORI invites applications for clinical CER designed to evaluate and compare interventions intended to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and health care. Patients, caregivers, and clinicians often lack the appropriate evidence required to make the best choices regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment. Applications to the Addressing Disparities Program should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect health outcomes or focus on identifying best practices for reducing disparities in target populations (racial and ethnic minority groups; low-income groups; residents of rural areas; individuals with special healthcare needs, including individuals with disabilities; patients with low health literacy/numeracy and/or limited English proficiency; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] persons).

The Addressing Disparities Program is interested in funding CER of evidence-based interventions aimed at reducing and eliminating disparities in health and health care. Interventions to reduce persistent disparities have been understudied and are multifactorial, complex, and context-specific. Often, evidence-based interventions have been shown to be effective in the general population but lack evidence for effectiveness in populations at risk for disparities. The Addressing Disparities Program is interested in studies that tailor and test these types of interventions in these populations.

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $8 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $1.5 million

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Addressing-Disparities.pdf

Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS)

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS) Program within PCORI invites applications for research that studies the comparative effectiveness of alternative features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, incentive structures, or healthcare service delivery designs) that are intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and efficiency of patient care and that have the greatest potential for sustained impact and replication within and across healthcare systems. Healthcare systems encompass multiple levels (e.g., individual patients, family and social supports, providers and care teams, organizations or practice settings, local community resources, and the state- and national-level policy environments) and include entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, or coordinate health services. Healthcare delivery models (e.g., integrated health system, patient-centered medical home) and settings of care (e.g., hospital, physician practice, nursing home, community health clinic, patient’s home) also define healthcare system operations. PCORI seeks studies that will affect healthcare delivery by determining which system features lead to improved Patient-Centered Outcomes (PCOs) and which provide valuable knowledge to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians, as well as other key stakeholders, including payers and employers.

PCORI seeks to fund investigator-initiated research on the effects of system changes on the broad outcomes listed below. We are especially interested in studies that conduct head-to-head comparisons with or without “usual care” as a comparator, such as:

  • Patients’ access to care, high quality of care, support for self-care, and coordination of care across healthcare settings
  • Professional decision making on the basis of patents’ personal values
  • Experiences that are important to patients and their caregivers, such as overall health, functional ability, health-related quality of life, stress, severity of symptoms, survival, and unanticipated healthcare utilization, such as unexpected hospital stays or visits to the emergency department (ED)
  • The efficiency of healthcare delivery, as measured by the amount of ineffective, duplicative, or wasteful care provided to patients

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $16 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $5 million for large studies

$1.5 million for small studies

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Improving-Healthcare-Systems.pdf

Communication and Dissemination Research

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

Knowledge needs to be strengthened about how to communicate optimally and facilitate the effective use of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) findings by patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Well-documented barriers exist to the rapid transfer of evidence. Informed healthcare decisions require innovative and effective strategies to make existing PCOR/CER evidence available to patients and providers in real-world settings. Moreover, the information needs to be understandable in order to improve decision making.

The Communication and Dissemination Research Program at PCORI invites applications that study the comparative effectiveness of communication and dissemination strategies. We are looking for strategies aimed at informing and empowering patients, caregivers, and other healthcare decision makers so that they know what questions to ask and have the information needed to provide support in shared decision making.

This announcement is designed to solicit applications that include:

  • The direct comparison of two or more health communication and dissemination interventions or strategies, each of which has established efficacy or is in widespread use
  • Research conducted in real-world, clinical care settings and situations
  • Proposed research questions and health outcomes that will matter to the patient population, their caregivers, and family members under study, and that will help to guide their healthcare decisions

Research appropriate for this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) includes:

  • Communication strategies to promote the use of health and healthcare CER evidence by patients and clinicians
  • Dissemination strategies to promote the use of health and healthcare CER evidence by patients and clinicians
  • Explanation of uncertain health and healthcare CER evidence to patients and clinicians

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $8 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $1.5 million

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Communication-and-Dissemination-Research.pdf

Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Sponsor:

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) for Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), the Methods Program aims to fund high-priority methodological research topics in PCOR and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). Studies should address methodological gaps in PCOR/CER, supporting PCORI’s Methods Strategic Imperative to develop and promote rigorous PCOR methods, standards, and best practices.

The availability of multiple options for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in health care presents a significant challenge to patients and clinicians trying to make informed care decisions. Deciding between alternative options in health care requires an understanding of how to balance the benefits and risks of each treatment option and an understanding of how each option might apply differently to different patients, given their unique personal characteristics. PCORI was created with the promise of enhancing the ability of people who are making decisions about health care to understand and weigh these options fully.

To address this challenge, PCORI seeks to fund projects to address gaps in methodological research for conducting PCOR/CER. PCORI and its Methodology Committee recognize the need to better understand and advance the appropriate use of these methods. Strong methods will support the generation of research findings that can be trusted to improve patients’ healthcare outcomes.

PCORI is interested in supporting research that advances methods relevant to PCOR/CER. Proposed research should be justified with specific references to gaps identified in the PCORI Methodology Report or published scientific literature. Applicants are encouraged to refer to the PCORI Methodology Standards to develop their research question(s) and Research Plan.

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $12 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $750,000

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Methods.pdf

Educational Opportunity Centers Program – 84.066A

Sponsor:

U.S. Department of Education

Deadline:

Applications due by April 4, 2016

Summary:

The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

Projects include: academic advice, personal counseling, and career workshops; information on postsecondary education opportunities and student financial assistance; help in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid; coordination with nearby postsecondary institutions; media activities designed to involve and acquaint the community with higher education opportunities; tutoring; mentoring; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

Eligibility:

Who May Apply: Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program; secondary schools.

Participants must reside in the target area served by an Educational Opportunity Center. The students must be at least 19 years old and two-thirds of them must be potential first-generation college students and low-income persons. If the services of a Talent Search program are not available in the target area, persons under 19 may be served.

Available Funding:

Estimated Available Funds: $54,296,053.

For an applicant that is not currently receiving an EOC Program grant, the maximum award amount is $236,000.

For an applicant that is currently receiving an EOC Program grant, the maximum award amount is an amount equal to 103 percent of the applicant’s base award amount for FY 2015.

Estimated Number of Awards: 151.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioeoc/index.html